Green Iguana

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Description: The Green Iguana, as the name would suggest, is mostly green with black stripes. The green ranges from a bright, almost neon green to a dull, almost brownish green. They commonly grow to between 4–6 feet long, with a few possibly reaching over 7 feet. Their tail comprises about half of their total body length. They also have rough skin, a hanging dewlap under the chin, pointy scales on their backs, and long toes with sharp toenails that are perfect for climbing.

Range: Mexico to southern Brazil and Paraguay, as well as a few Caribbean islands.

Habitat: Green Iguanas live in the tropical rainforests, especially near areas that surround rivers, lakes, and streams. They spend the majority of their lives high in the trees in the forest canopy.

Wild: Iguanas are omnivorous; adults are more partial to vegetables and produce while young Iguanas tend to be more partial to insects.
Zoo: Mixed salads.

Reproduction: Female Iguanas lay as many as 50 eggs at a time. She deposits the eggs in a dugout burrow, but will also dig other burrows around the one containing the eggs in an effort to confuse or trick any predator who may be looking to eat the eggs.

Fun Fact: If being pursued by a predator, Green Iguanas are tough enough to jump to the ground from as high as 40 feet up a tree.